Russian court rejects Navalny team’s request for legal action

epa06405531 (FILE) - Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny (C) attends a procedure to submit documents for his registration as a candidate for Russian presidency at the Russian Central Election Commission (CEC) headquarters in Moscow, Russia, 24 December 2017 (reissued 25 December 2017). The CEC on 25 December 2017 voted to bar opposition leader Alexei Navalny from running as candidate in the 2018 presidential election. The CEC claims Navalny was not eligible to run due to a past criminal conviction. Presidential elections in Russia are scheduled on 18 March 2018. EPA-EFE/MAXIM SHIPENKOV

Moscow – A court in Moscow has rejected a request from dissident Alexei Navalny’s legal team calling for legal action against Russian authorities, according to state media.

The court did not agree with the legal team’s complaint that authorities were not duly investigating the suspected poisoning of Navalny, thought to have occurred while he was in Siberia on a trip to promote local opposition candidates.

Russia has previously refused to open a criminal case, citing a lack of hard evidence.

German authorities say toxicology tests have revealed that Navalny, who is currently comatose in a Berlin hospital, had been poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok.

Russia’s stance was reiterated by the prosecutor in the Moscow court.

“The presented materials indicate that there were no violations by the investigators,” the prosecutor said in comments carried by state news agency TASS.


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